“Hope in the Dark” is Jeremy’s first book and was photographed on his first trip overseas to Africa in 2005. Thirty years ago, AIDS was unknown in sub-Saharan Africa. Today it’s overwhelmingly the continent’s biggest killer. In Hope in the Dark, Jeremy documents the hope and pain of Africa’s AIDS generation – a generation beset by poverty and fear, a generation in which children in some countries are more likely to die of AIDS than not. But despite the sickening odds, Cowart captures brief glimpses of beauty, optimism and joy as he makes his way across the continent. Through this collection of startling, remarkable images, his lens uncovers not just the magnitude of the problem, but also the places where God is undeniably present in the midst of it.
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About: I’m a husband, a dad to two (soon to be four), a photographer, entrepreneur, teacher and I try to give back as often as possible. I founded a global photography movement called Help-Portrait and also founded an iPhone App called OKDOTHIS. My goal in life is to use my voice, ideas and creativity to inspire and help others. I live the simple life in Nashville, TN with my wife and two kids and we’re in the process of adopting two more children from Haiti (they’re almost home!). Read my official bio here.
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The Tennessean: Jeremy Cowart named Web's Most Influential Photographer
Huffington Post: Meet the Top 30 Most Influential Photographers on the Web
Mashable: 6 Easy Tips from Pro Photographers
Fast Company: Creative Block? OKDOTHIS wants to make your photos better.
Yahoo: Eyefi Announces Top 30 Most Socially Influential Photographers
TechCrunch: OKDOTHIS Tells You What To Photograph In The Hopes Of Ending Redundant Latte Pictures
Forbes: 7 Things I Learned From 7 Of The Most Successful Social Photographers On The Web
LinkedIn: 5 Lessons from the 30 Most Influential Photographers in Social Media
Wall Street Journal: Creating a Lasting Image
CNN: Photographers to 'give,' not 'take' portraits
Distractify: This Famous Actor's Photoshoot Started Out Fun But By The End, He Reveals A Beautiful Tragedy I'll Never Forget
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What is Help-Portrait?
2008 TEDx Talk: Helping others through Photography
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A Few Favorite Quotes“Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.” - Picasso
"Photographers may or may not make a living by photography, but they are alive by it." - Robert Adams
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde
"Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Einstein
"You say you love the poor.... name them." - Peruvian Priest
“We are most alive when we are loving and actively giving of ourselves because we were made to do these things.” Frances Chan
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour." -Unknown
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.” - Seth Godin
"Success is when reality catches up to your imagination." Simon Sinek
Breakthroughs come from doing something that everyone else says is off the table.- Seth Goodin
"Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it." -Robert Motherwell
"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved." -Ansel Adams